Python stolen from pet store

December 24, 1997

Python stolen from pet store


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 2-foot-long male ball python snake was stolen from a Chambersburg pet store Monday afternoon by three white males between the ages of 16 and 20, according to Chambersburg Police.

The thieves were seen in the area of the snake's cage at the entrance to the reptile room of JS&K Pets, 133 Derbyshire St., police said.

One of them wore a black trench coat and one had black, shoulder-length hair and a goatee, police said.

They made off with the python at 4:19 p.m. after one of the thieves distracted employee Scott Dayhoff by calling him over to another part of the store, Dayhoff said.


Busy with other customers in the pet store, Dayhoff said he couldn't keep an eye on the python.

"They just took it," he said.

The snake is worth about $80, Dayhoff said.

Employees called around to other area pet store owners to be on the lookout for anyone trying to sell a ball python, he said.

Dayhoff said he believes at least one of the thieves had been in the pet store before because the three went straight back to the snake's cage upon entering.

But the thieves probably don't know much about the care of snakes or they wouldn't have stolen it on such a cold day, Dayhoff said.

It's possible the python could get pneumonia or a respiratory infection from being exposed to the cold, he said.

Dayhoff described the python as "pretty docile" and not really dangerous, but said it can bite. A python crushes its prey to death in its coils.

The ball python can grow to about 5 feet long on a diet primarily of mice and rats, he said.

Anyone with information can call Chambersburg Police at 1-717-264-4131.

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